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Some Days

Some days—
yes, some days I have to remember
that love is stronger than evil
and that it matters when hearts are broken.
Some days—
Yes, some days–
I have to remind myself that hurts will heal
and that we can overcome in His Strength
not our own.
Some days—
Some days I have to intentionally turn my heart 
to the beauty around me
and hide myself in His Love.
And then once more I am at peace
knowing that 
some days will eventually be turned into One Day.
Joy overcomes.

Shining Moments

 There’s something about coming home, isn’t there. Yes, Dorothy had it right in the Wizard of Oz when she said there’s no place like home. Even today although I enjoy times of getting away, I love coming home. Bags packed. Heart beating wildly. That can hardly wait feeling. It seems no matter how old I grow, there is no place like home.

Years ago when I went off to college at SUNY of Fredonia I frequently rode the bus.

Back and forth. I knew the trip like the back of my hand.

But the memory that shines the brightest in my memory is the one of riding home from college to Owego, New York.

The minutes would simply drag as we stopped at each little bus station along that way. I could hardly wait to see my family and to hear the chatter around the table again. I could not only count on that but I could also count on a familiar sight at the bus station.

We would round the corner of North Avenue and pull to a stop in front of the familiar shop. Glancing around even before I stepped out of the bus I could see my Mom standing. Big smile on her face. Scanning the windows of the bus hoping to get a glimpse of me.

Better than a thousand Christmases was that look of joy on her face.

I carried my heavy white suitcase down the steps and then quickly dropped it to give my Mom a hug. Then we would both walk the couple of blocks to our home.

Yes, my footprints covered those smooth slate sidewalks.

Home. Owego was always my hometown. Even today my heart oftentimes  yearns to go back and walk the same sidewalks and see the familiar sights. Although many things have changed, some things have not. And my love for the town remains deep.

At home  I loved seeing my Dad and younger sister and brother. Time would stop as we basked in a few hours of togetherness before I would have to ride back to college.  The smell of homemade cookies filled the house.

Piano music playing. Laughter.

Yesterday’s joys brighten today as I thank God for those times and the special memories I hold in my heart.

Could it be God knows that as we journey those shining moments will continue to cheer our hearts? You have yours too. Cherish them. Don’t ever let them go. And keep making memories today.

 

Christmas Transformation

Transformation is all around us. Houses once dark are glistening with lights.  Yards are decorated with reds and greens. Front doors are wreathed with Christmas greetings.

But with all that outward change of the past view days I’m wondering about hearts.

Is your heart being transformed as you prepare for this Christmas?

Are you letting the joyful songs sink deep within your spirit causing a change within?

My prayer is that you will create time to be transformed from within by the wonder of  His birth. Unless you choose to do that, Christmas this year will come and go and you will miss its true meaning in your heart.

Yes, make the time

  • To be quiet and ponder the Glory of Christmas and what it means to you personally
  • Consider starting a new tradition in which the focus is on Jesus
  • To keep Christmas in your heart this year

 Transformation begins with a choice to let Christmas enter your heart. That one choice will make a big difference in how you remember Christmas 2011 in the years to come.

Next time, I will share with you our family tradition of the two boxes.

Don’t miss it.